Large 4to, pp. 240; E2, K4, U4, and Z3 uncancelled; a little spotting (heavier on first and final leaves); early nineteenth-century red British straight-grained morocco, borders filleted in gilt and roll-tooled in blind, spine gilt in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, edges gilt, double endbands sewn in blue and white, green endpapers; a little scuffed at extremities, neatly retouched, but a very good copy; nineteenth-century armorial bookplate and ink ownership inscription of Robert Willis Blencowe.
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D. Junii Juvenalis et Auli Persii Flacci satyrae.
Baskerville’s celebrated edition of Juvenal and Persius in its earliest state with no cancels, in splendid contemporary red morocco.
Following the Virgil of 1757, Baskerville’s Juvenal and Persius is the second of his series of classical authors in quarto, and although the project was not abandoned, the Horace of the following year is a somewhat less ambitious duodecimo; the next quarto did not appear until 1770, and subsequent works (Lucretius, Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius, Terence, and Sallust) were each accompanied by issues in smaller formats. While the ‘perfectionism and over-optimistic press runs’ of his more expensive books ‘consumed much of his fortune’, his elegant and restrained types inspired the neo-classical typographic revolution of the following decades, influencing particularly the Didots and Bodoni (Oxford Companion to the Book).
Provenance: from the library of the antiquary Robert Willis Blencowe (1792–1874).
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